Brockway, George (Unknown - June 19, 1943)

Major George Brockway Killed

Instantly When Plane Crashes Accident Claims Life of Douglas Boy Near Orlando, Fla. Saturday

Douglas Budget - June 24, 1943

Again the full significant of this global war was felt by Douglas citizens when word came to Miss Margaret Ferguson Saturday that Major George Brockway had been fatally injured in an airplane crash that day near Orlando, Fla.

No details of the accident were given in the wire and no further word followed. In her anxiety for further details Miss Ferguson Tuesday morning got in touch with Brockway's commanding officer in Florida and learned that his death was instantaneous.

Major Brockway, who had been in the Marine Corps for eight years, was just completing training as a pilot, and recently received his wings as a squadron commander. News of his tragic death has had a sobering effect of his many friends here.

George Brockway was born in Douglas. He was 31 years of age last month. He attended the Douglas schools, graduated from high school and attended Wyoming University for five years. He was a youth of alert mind and healthy body. He was active in all matters that would increase his knowledge.

Following his education he enlisted in the Marine Corps, taking his basic training at Philadelphia and then being transferred to San Diego for a year of further training. In 1937 he was sent with a group of Marines to China and was stationed at Shanghai for three years.

He was returned to the states in 1940 and soon was sent to Iceland. Here he served nine months. He received a promotion to the rank of major and was ordered to Washington, D.C., and a desk job. Lack of action was not to his liking and he prevailed upon his superiors to permit him to take up flying.

Young Brockway made rapid progress in his eight years of service, and was headed for further honors. He was following closely in the footsteps of his older brother, John, who is now a lieutenant commander in the U.S. navy.

His remains will be buried in Arlington national cemetery at Washington with full military service and honors. The services are to be held Friday afternoon.

He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth Rubicon Brockway, whom he married at LaJolla, Calif., in August, 1937; a four-year-old daughter, Sue, and his brother, John.

Major and Mrs. Brockway and Sue visited in Douglas about a year ago.


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